5 Signs It Might Be Time For a New Cooler
When you are in the middle of a picnic or in a road trip with your friends and your cooler for camping starts leaking, it doesn’t matter if you ever bought cheap coolers or expensive ones. The only thing that matters, your cooler is broken and the food/beverage is about to be spoiled. Good news – you can prevent such things from happening! Here are some tips:
1. Your gasket is damaged
The gasket is a key component for cooler to stay frosted. It’s sealed air-tight to keep the cold air inside. Gaskets are usually made from soft and elastic materials. Any little cut or tear can create an escape route for the cold air leading to a damage. Check your gasket from time to time to make sure it’s still in good shape.
2. Your drain plug is leaking
The drain plug is used to remove melted water. If it’s broken there will be water all around your cooler. But we don’t want a pool party around our food, right? So you have to check this little fella from time to time too.
3. There are problems with lid hinges
If you ask me what are the most commonly broken parts in coolers, I’d say lid hinges and handlers. But we will handle the handlers below, now let’s talk about hinges. Using the cooler you are constantly opening and closing the lid, which is putting a lot of pressure on it. Hinges are usually made of plastic, but even metal ones don’t give you a life-long guarantee. If they fail, the whole cooler is down, and it’s not only because you won’t be able to open or close the lid properly, the seal will be damaged as well, which will lead to bad cooling performance.
4. Handles/straps are old or broken
Handles are bearing a lot of weight, so no wonder that over time they can fail. If they do, it’s usually at the worst time one can only imagine. Believe me, you won’t be happy when fully loaded with ice and drinks cooler just falls down on your feet. So my advice is to check the handles for cracks or tears. It is not a 100% guarantee but at least it may prevent the break.
5. There’s been a damage to the ice chest wall
Even the cheapest coolers are supposed to serve you well after some falls or unintended blows taken. However, as the time passes, even the bear-proof coolers can show some signs of weakness. My advice is to check the cooler walls from time to time for any damage. But don’t worry, you don’t have to buy brand-new cooler if you have some little abrasions. There is a golden rule of thumb that can be used to understand your coolers condition. If there is a cut which is more than halfway through the wall, then, bad news, you may start thinking of going shopping for the new cooler.